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Reviewed by Savannah Aldridge for Readers' Favorite
Fear is a Volcano (Emotion Series), written and illustrated by Lauren Martin, helps children engage with their fears. Children can be afraid of what could go wrong when they go to school. They are anxious about new situations, bad grades, and making friends. As they worry and avoid potentially scary scenarios, they imagine their fear as a volcano ready to blow. While wrestling with fear, our protagonist learns some practical ways to handle anxiety and how to stay present in the good things happening at the moment. At the end of the book, Martin includes a list of questions to help children continue to learn about their feelings and recognize their successes.
Fear is a Volcano, part of Lauren Martin’s series on emotions for children, is a great story for young readers to begin to understand their feelings. I am excited to find a book like this, as I have not found many picture books that both acknowledge emotions in children and give age-appropriate advice to help them handle big emotions. The illustrations of the main character are simple and fun, helping children comprehend fear in a relatable way. The language is accessible to early readers who want to read on their own, as well as for reading time with adults. The questions at the end of the book are perfect for helping a child and grown-up spend more time developing tools to overcome fears. I would have loved a book like this as a former anxious kid myself. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series!